Northern Ireland Health and Social Care awards HP £100m ICT deal

Business Services Organisation (BSO), a provider of support and services to health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland, has named HP as the supplier of its £100 million Technology Partnership framework agreement.

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Business Services Organisation (BSO), a provider of support and services to health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland, has named HP as the supplier of its £100 million Technology Partnership framework agreement.

HP will be responsible for providing Trusts with a range of IT products and services including hardware, storage, network infrastructure, software, support, application development, service management and systems integration services.

BSO’s contract notice for the deal states that the framework will last for four years.

Georgina O’Toole, director at analyst house TechMarketView, said that the deal was ‘significant’ for HP and that the company has recently been making a considerable push to do business in Northern Ireland.

“HP has been investing in Northern Ireland over the last few years. Towards the end of 2012, for example, it announced investment in new office premises in Belfast city centre designed to strengthen its business in the region and facilitate the completion of its regional job creation project,” said O’Toole.

“In addition, the company already works with health and social care organisations; under a £66 million contract let in 2009 by NI’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, HP has updated the technology behind the country’s hospital patient administration systems.”

In other news, HP recently announced Stuart Bladen as the new head of its UK public sector business, after Richard Trevor left the role having been in the position for less than 12 months.

Bladen will be responsible for all of HP’s government business, which includes defence, benefits and tax, communities and home and foreign affairs.